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Vic Biorseth, Saturday, August 14, 2010
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –John Adams.
“It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation of ours was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians … not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” –Patrick Henry.
"Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience … without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure … If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under." –Ronald Reagan.
"I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do."
–Edward Everett Hale.
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to die than to live as slaves. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” —Thomas Jefferson
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." –Dr. Adrian Rogers
"It is customary for republican governments to be bound by constitutions, and this is grand idea. The question does arise, however, about what recourse the citizen has when the government disregards its own constitution, as is the case with our own Tenth Amendment. What do you do if your government does not obey its own laws? Our Declaration declaims that when governments do not observe the unalienable rights of man, it is not only the right but the duty of the people to alter or abolish them. The Declaration of Independence may not be the supreme law of the land - which is the Constitution - but it frames our philosophy of government and serves as a guide for those who respect our traditions. More people should." –Col. Jeff Cooper
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. –Thomas Jefferson
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." –Thomas Jefferson
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. –Thomas Jefferson
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death".—Patrick Henry.
“When people fear the government there is tyranny; when government fears the people there is liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” –Ronald Reagan.
“It is interesting to hear certain kinds of people insist that the citizen cannot fight the government. This would have been news to the men of Lexington and Concord, as well as the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan. The citizen most certainly can fight the government, and usually wins when he tries. Organized national armies are useful primarily for fighting against other organized national armies. When they try to fight against the people, they find themselves at a very serious disadvantage. If you will just look around at the state of the world today, you will see that the guerillero has the upper hand. Irregulars usually defeat regulars, providing they have the will. Such fighting is horrible to contemplate, but will continue to dominate brute strength.” –Col. Jeff Cooper.
Adherence to the spirit and intent of our Constitution was so important to our Founding Fathers that one of the first acts of the First Congress was to pass the verbiage for the Oath or Affirmation of office in compliance with Article VI of our Constitution. George Washington was the first President administered the Oath or Affirmation as prescribed by Article II Section 1 on April 29th 1789, to which he added the words “So help me God.” He then said the following:
“I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the human race, in humble supplication, that since He has been pleased to favor the American people with the opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of Government for the security of their union, and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations and the wise measures, on which the success of this government must depend.” –George Washington.
“[The adoption of the Constitution] will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it.” –George Washington.
“I regard it [the Constitution] as the work of the purest patriots and the wisest states men that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benignant [gracious] Providence … it almost appears a Divine interposition in our behalf … “ –Daniel Webster.
“I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution] … should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that … beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.” –Benjamin Franklin.
“ … I am committed against every thing which, in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy [the Constitution] … and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the Government itself … “ –Daniel Webster.
“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. –Daniel Webster.
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“I first saw the Constitution of the United States in a foreign country … I read it with great satisfaction, as the result of good heads prompted by good hearts, as an experiment better adapted to the genius, character, situation, and relations of this nation and country than any which had ever been proposed … I have repeatedly laid myself under the most serious obligations to support the Constitution … What other form of government, indeed, can so well deserv our esteem and love?” –Thomas Jefferson.
“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt … I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” –Benjamin Franklin.
“The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While, on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” –Samuel Adams.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens … Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?” –George Washington.
“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.” –James Madison.
“A primary object … should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing … than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” –George Washington.
“I know of no safe depositor of the ultimate powers of [a] society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. The is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“Say … whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is in their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson.
“The good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves.” –Thomas Jefferson.
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
Religion is not mere window dressing; citizenship is not a spectator sport. Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input. –Vic Biorseth.
“The link between culture and faith is not only necessary for culture but also for faith. A faith that does not become culture is a faith not fully embraced, not fully appreciated and not faithfully lived.” –John Paul the Great.
"If we loose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth." -- Ronald Reagan.
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusing a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a barrack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.” –Translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung on April 28, 2010.
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